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John Charles Major
|Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada|
November 13, 1992 – December 25, 2005
|Nominated by||Brian Mulroney|
|Preceded by||William Stevenson|
|Succeeded by||Marshall Rothstein|
|Born||February 20, 1931|
Early life and education
He practised law as a partner in the Calgary office of Bennett Jones LLP for 34 years. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1972. From 1975 to 1985, he was the Senior Counsel for the City of Calgary Police Service. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Alberta on July 11, 1991.
On November 13, 1992, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. During much of his time of the Court, he was a comparatively low-key judge. He was known for his belief in providing deference to government and for his particularly succinct writing style. Major stepped down from the court on December 25, 2005, approximately two months before the mandatory retirement date of his 75th birthday.
Administrator of Canada
On January 5, 2006, he rejoined the Calgary office of Bennett Jones LLP, the firm with which he practised before his judicial career. On March 8, 2006, he was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to lead a public inquiry into the Air India Flight 182 bombing and the resulting trials. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in the Canada Day 2008 Honours.
- "Judges of the Court: The Honourable Mr. Justice John C. Major". Supreme Court of Canada. Archived from the original on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Hon. John C. (Jack) Major C.C., Q.C." Bennett Jones. Retrieved 5 February 2015.